Oak Ridge High School Orchestra was established in the 1970 by Mr. Edgar Meyer, Sr. and was directed by Ms. Jenifer van Tol from 1988-2014. Doug Phillips began his tenure as orchestra director in 2014 making him the 3rd director in the programs 44 year history.
Mr. Phillips began his musical studies at the age of 10. During his childhood years, he was a member of middle school and high school bands and orchestras as a percussionist and as a string player. He earned his Bachelors of Music Performance (Summa Cum Laude) in string bass from Mississippi Valley State University in 2003 and his Master of Music Education in Strings in 2006. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at Boston University where his music education research focuses on peer mentoring strategies for orchestra students using guided questioning strategies.
Mr. Phillips has taught at every level of string music education from pre-k through the university level. In 2003, he founded the string program in Greenwood Public Schools in the Mississippi Delta. Based on his demonstrated successes in Mississippi, he was recruited to found the string program in Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tennessee in 2006. By 2014, this string program was one of the most successful programs in Tennessee, earning superior ratings at regional, state, and national competitions.